The Senate approved a long-anticipated Internet sales tax proposal on Monday, moving the legislation one step closer to enactment and paving the way for shoppers to pay sales tax on the majority of online purchases.
The so-called Marketplace Fairness Act would allow the 45 states (and the District of Columbia) that currently charge sales taxes to require large online retailers to collect tax on purchases made by their residents. The law would only apply to online sellers that have sales of at least $1 million outside of states where they have physical operations, like a store or a warehouse.
Samoa Air has become the first airline to charge passengers according to how much they weigh. The company carries travelers on hops between Pacific islands that have some of the highest obesity rates in the world. Instead of charging for each seat, Samoa Air has started weighing passengers along with their luggage, and charging them a fee reflecting the total, depending on the length of the flight. Fees range from about $1 to $4 per kilo (2.2 pounds), meaning passengers pay a little under $50 to $200 per 100 lbs. “This is the fairest way of traveling,” Samoa Air CEO Chris Langton says. “There are no extra fees in terms of excess baggage or anything.
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First Lady Michelle Obama is reportedly being counted among the victims in a string of recent high-profile personal security breaches.
TMZ first reported that upwards of 12 celebrities and political figures — like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher and Paris Hilton — had been hacked. Financial and personal information, including social security numbers, bank accounts, mortgage information and credit card details, were “doxxed” (posted online) to the website Exposed.su by a group of Russian hackers.
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Airline fees are hard to escape, but its not like we don’t try. Many travelers today have adapted to a world of baggage fees, service fees and in-flight fees, accepting them as part of the deal. Others avoid fees when they can by carrying on luggage rather than checking it or avoiding in person/over-the-phone fees by making changes on line. But even those savvy travelers can’t seem to stay ahead of the game, and for good reason.
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You might want to think twice before whipping out your credit card. As of Sunday, stores in most states could start charging you a “checkout fee” when you pay for something with plastic.The new fees stem from a multi-billion dollar settlement announced in July between credit card issuers and millions of merchants.
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If you’re facing a $100,000 to $250,000 four-year college bill in the not too distant future, you probably see yourself not just as an anxious parent but as a pauper-in-waiting.
When some life insurance agents look at you, on the other hand, they see an ELF. As in “easy, lucrative, and fun.”
At least that’s how Tim Austin, founder of the National Association of College Funding Advisors, characterized parents of college-bound kids in a conference call last year to recruit new members to join his group — which, despite its name, is actually an insurance marketing organization. (MONEY signed up for and attended the session.)
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After another year of record losses for the U.S. Postal Service, sending letters and packages is going to get even more expensive in 2013.
On Jan. 27, the cost of a standard postage stamp will increase by a penny to 46 cents, while a postcard stamp will also go up by one cent to 33 cents. To send 2013 mail at 2012 prices, shoppers can stock up on Forever stamps before the price change takes place.
But with the agency facing a record deficit of $15.9 billion, other postage increases will take a bigger hit to your wallet. Shipping costs will rise by an average of 4%, while the cost of using popular priority mail flat-rate boxes and envelopes will go up by as much as 9%.
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What personal financial goals people are setting for the New Year. … Want to help yourfavorite causes? … to find out what kind of personal financial goals people are setting for 2013. ? With all of the holiday madness now behind us, you can carve a little time out to consider what you want to accomplish this year. Things will be different, no doubt. Even with a compromise being reached for the fiscal cliff, it’s likely to take a bite out of your budget. With that in mind, consider the following five financial tips to maintain a healthy budget during the New Year, in spite of an ailing economy:
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Among the throngs of Americans prowling the malls and trawling ?e-commerce sites, it turns out that many Christmas shoppers are looking out for themselves. Retail-research firm NPD Group in mid-December said that, thus far, about one third of consumers have engaged in what is euphemistically called self-gifting. That’s up from 12 percent in a typical pre-recession year, and up from the 19 percent who said they planned to do so last year. The National Retail Federation, the dispenser of all holiday-related data, said that in 2012, nearly 60 percent of shoppers would engage in the practice.